Do You Need A Tub In Master Bathroom?

Are you considering remodeling your master bathroom and wondering if a tub is necessary?

While traditional design norms may have dictated that a bathtub is a must-have in any well-appointed master bathroom, modern trends, and personal preferences have opened up the debate. Is it truly necessary to include a tub or is it just a waste of space?

The answer is "no". A tub in a master bathroom isn't strictly necessary, and its inclusion depends on homeowner preferences and local real estate trends. Some homeowners prioritize spacious showers over tubs, valuing modern aesthetics and functionality. 

We will examine the benefits of having a bathtub in your master bathroom and, hopefully, help you make an informed decision that suits your lifestyle and preferred master bathrooms design.

So, do you need a tub in master bathroom? Let's explore what works best for you. Keep reading to find out more!

Does a Master Bathroom Have to Have a Bathtub

Realtors used to say that you must include a tub in your master bathroom. But, no hard and fast rule requires it. Many are choosing a bathroom remodel service that  removes the bathtub altogether, citing various reasons.

One common cause is that modern homeowners lead busy lives everyday and need more time to take leisurely baths. Instead, they prefer the convenience and efficiency of taking quick showers. Plus, some homeowners want to utilize the extra space in their master bathroom for other design features, such as a larger shower or extra storage.

While real estate agent used to advise homeowners to have a bathtub in their master bathroom for better resale value, this is no longer the case. Many homebuyers now prefer the bathtub to be removed, as they prefer the practicality and large shower space.

master bathroom white bathtub

3 Large Benefits Of No Master Bathtub

Current trends indicate that no-bathtub design feature are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners who favor convenience over traditional design theme. With these benefits in mind, skipping the tub installation may be excellent if your primary bathroom remodel goal is to create a beautiful yet modern bathroom ambiance at the lowest possible expense and labor.

Dry off Area With Seating And Open Space

Some homeowners take their master bathroom designs to the next level by including unique chairs or benches and a dry-off space within the shower. This eliminates the discomfort of stepping onto a cold tile floor after you take a bath which makes bathing experience more enjoyable.

A comfortable seat or bench within the shower allows users to relax while drying off and adds a luxurious touch to the bathroom. It also eliminates the risk of slipping on a wet surface while stepping out of the walk in shower.

dry off area with seating space

More Area For Storage

Removing a master bathtub in favor of a walk in shower can provide additional storage space in a bathroom. A bathtub can take up a lot of floor space, and eliminating it might make place for other features like additional cabinets, shelves, or even a larger vanity.

Luxury shower can be arranged in various ways to maximize space and storage. For example, you may incorporate built-in shelves or niches for storing toiletries or install a walk in shower caddy or organizer to keep items within reach.

bathroom storage area

Larger Shower

Expanding the size of your walk in shower increases not only the space available for cleaning but also provides a luxurious environment, which many homeowners seek for when constructing their private hideaway. 

Introducing extra elements such as multiple jets or body sprays allows a person to enjoy a spa-like experience in the comfort of their own homes. 

With a larger shower area and additional features, you may create a serene hideaway that promotes relaxation and refreshment.

Large shower

2 Main Types Of Master Bathroom Tubs

Once you've decided to add a tub in the master bathroom, you must pick which sort of bathtub will best suit your aesthetic and function. Freestanding bathtubs and drop-in bathtubs are the two major styles of master bathroom tubs. 

Each variety has  pros and cons, so weighing all choices before making a choice is important.

Freestanding Bathtubs

Freestanding bathtubs are a luxurious addition to any master bathroom, offering comfort, style, and visual appeal that other types of bath tubs cannot match.

Their unique designs add a sense of luxury to the overall design plans, and they can be placed anywhere in the room since they rest directly on the flooring. This gives complete control over bathroom layout and design options and the flexibility..

Although freestanding bathtubs require more upkeep due to their exposed fixtures, they are excellent soaking tub with deep pools that offer plenty of room for relaxation.

Freestanding white bathtub

Drop-In Bathtubs

The drop-in or alcove tub in the master bathroom is an alternative to a freestanding bathtub. Homeowners frequently favor them with limited space requiring a quick installation process. Because they fit into existing structures such as walls and floors, drop-in bathtubs usually require less plumbing installation. 

There are three major factors to consider when purchasing a drop-in bathtub: 

  1. Installation - Determine whether your master bathroom has enough space to accommodate this type of tub. 
  2. Design - Select one that complements the overall aesthetic of your master bathroom. 
  3. Accessibility - Make sure it’s easy to enter and exit so you don’t experience any difficulty getting in and out.

Drop-in bathrooms are an appealing alternative for individuals searching for convenience and low maintenance. Besides being aesthetically beautiful, these tubs provide excellent functionality without requiring bathroom remodel work.

white drop-in bathtubs

Benefits Of A Bathtub

Bathtubs offer numerous benefits for physical and mental health, making them a must-have feature in a master bathroom. They provide relaxation, stress relief, and relief for aches, pains, and stiff muscles. 

Whirlpools and air baths with massage jets provide luxurious amenities that enhance blood circulation, relieve discomfort, and leave you feeling invigorated. 

Plus, bathtubs come in elegant designs and various forms and sizes that add a touch of sophistication and luxury to any bathroom. 

Most importantly, bathtubs offer the potential for much-needed 'me-time' and self-care, whether used alone or with a loved one, making them a valuable investment.

benefits of a bathtub

Concluding Remarks

When designing your dream bathroom, including or excluding a tub is just one piece of the puzzle. If you're considering a master bathroom remodel or renovation, the experts at Phoenix Home Remodeling can help you create a space that perfectly fits your needs and style.

Our experienced professionals will work closely with you to understand your vision and help you make informed decisions about design, materials, and budget. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and our commitment to providing exceptional customer service from start to finish.

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